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Metro jobless rate rises to 8.7 percent

Metro jobless rate rises to 8.7 percent

ATLANTA -- State labor officials say metro Atlanta's jobless rate rose to 8.7 percent in January, up from 8.4 percent the month before.

That compares to 9.4 percent in January 2012.

In Clayton County, the unemployment rate was 11.0 percent in January.

The Georgia Department of Labor released the new numbers early Thursday.

State officials said the rate in January rose because of two main factors -- a loss of seasonal jobs and an increase in new layoffs.

Elsewhere in Georgia, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent.

Metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest rate at 11.9 percent.

Jonesboro woman in her 90's robbed 15 times

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A Jonesboro woman in her 90's is fed up, after the place she's called home for decades was broken into more than a dozen times.

Claudia Turner says her four bedroom house has been broken into 15 times, and the outer buildings were also robbed.

She was inside one evening when a bandit tried to enter through her window.

Turner says her neighbors even spotted a moving truck backed up to the front of her home one time, and people filling it with her personal belongings.

Jonesboro police arrested 39 year old Scott Thomas Vincent of McDonough.

Police Chief Franklin Allen says his department has recovered nearly 90% the items Turner reported stolen.

Investigators are also investigating a number of cases in Henry County and believe Vincent may also be the responsible for those.

He is currently being held without bond.

Three metro officers remembered

ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers paid tribute Monday to three officers killed in the line of duty.

The resolution honored Atlanta officers Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley, who were killed when their helicopter crashed as they searched for a missing child last November.

The lawmakers also recognized Clayton County police officer Sean Callahan, who was shot while responding to a call in December.

More volunteers needed for Cancer Prevention Study 3

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The American Cancer Society needs another 1,500 people to in metro Atlanta to volunteer for Cancer Prevention Study 3 to reach a goal of 5,000 by next week.

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"I just thought it's great cause, a great thing to do," said Odette Talbert, who enrolled at the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA in Norcross.

Talbert said she was motivated by her family history.

"My grandmother had cancer of the esophagus, and my brother had colon and rectal cancer," she told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie

Craigslist thief lets Roswell man take his picture, then steals camera

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- A man trying to sell his camera on Craiglist, says he had it stolen instead, but not before using it to get a picture of the thief.

The victim, who asked only to be identified as Wes, says he posted a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera body on Craigslist for $3,375.

A man named Keith swapped a few emails and text messages with him, until they agreed to meet Sunday afternoon at the bowling alley Pin Strikes in Stockbridge. Keith said he was a firefighter and bowling a few games there with his buddies.

"He was very articulate and nice. There were no red flags," said Wes.

Wes said he liked the spot, because it was a public place in broad daylight. He even thought about how he would check to make sure the money exchanged wasn't counterfeit. But the deal never got that far.

Hail Mary Monday for the Autism Bill


ATLANTA, Ga. -- Melissa Solares holds her 14-month-old sleeping daughter, rocking back and forth, as she explains to the lawmaker she has stopped in the hallway, that the autism insurance bill has the support of the Surgeon General.

It's Hail Mary Monday at the capitol.

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"Yeah. This is it. Yeah." Anna Bullard knows it is no longer a fight to get the autism insurance bill to a vote. That fight is over. The fight now is to simply get a hearing before it goes to the insurance mandate commission, where it will sit until next year.

Of the three bills going to the commission, the autism bill is the only one not to get a hearing.

Bullard says, "I've voted republican my whole life."

The lawmakers not supporting the bill are people for whom Anna Bullard voted.

Riverdale woman missing for more than a year

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Police have not given up hope of finding a 78-year-old Riverdale woman who disappeared Sept. 4, 2011.

Pat C. Moss was last seen at her condo on Redland Drive. Her daughter told police she dropped her mother off there the night before she vanished.

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Clayton County Police Officer Danielle Rosa say investigators periodically check hospitals, shelters and other locations throughout the area, but have yet to find any trace of Moss.

The missing woman is described as black, about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. She speaks with a Caribbean accent. Rosa said Moss also suffers from dementia.

Moss has used several aliases in the past, including Joyce Walker, Joyce Cook, Pat Celena Walker, Pat Celena Ross and Pat Celena Moss.